September 24 2013 we loaded up the trailer with 21 Termespheres and took off for Peoria Arizona for a show at the Challenger Space Center. Peoria is north of Phoenix. Scott Bohall from Glendale was our contact and supporter of this trip. Another part of this trip was to deliver a piece to Oakland California and spend some time in San Francisco. Our first night on the road was in Grand Junction Colorado. The next day we took Highway 128 off I-70 to Moab. One of the narrow rough windy road that goes through one of the most exciting, spectacular, breathtaking canyons we have seen. We stopped in Moab to get a cup of coffee and I asked a guy who had been there for years what the name of the canyon was? He said, “Canyon 128.” I said, “ No, it has to have a special name. It is a special place!” He said, “Canyon 128.” Well, I guess all places that are special don’t have special names. We got to Peoria that evening and the next morning we started to put up the show. By the time I started my workshops with middle school students, most of the show was hung. We had great help. My afternoon was spent with two groups of middle school students. We learned some three dimensional geometries and how to apply them to small balls. Each of them ended up with different designs colored with permanent colored pens. The next day we finished putting up the show and I went through my 1-6 point perspective workshop with two groups of High School students. They really got into what I call the continuous four point perspective which is like a panoramic 360 degree drawing that can fit together like a cylinder. The next day, the opening for the show at the Challenger Space Center went over very well. Because of the show, three of the pieces are now hanging in Valley Art Museum for a month. I was so pleased that my 24” sphere called LOOKING FOR THE ORDER (the Einstein sphere) sold. It has been a favorite to many people but now has a permanent home in Scott and Danielle Bohall’s residence in Glendale Arizona. On to San Francisco We left Peoria and headed toward San Francisco. We stayed in Morro Bay California, a fishing village which has turned now to tourism. We enjoyed this town very much. It is right on the Pacific Ocean. The next day we went up the coast on Highway 1 to San Francisco. We saw elephant seals in one spot laying all over the beach. It was unbelievable! What strange creatures they are. We stayed that night in the Seaside Motel which is north central San Francisco. This was a good spot to be because we were able to walk to Ghirardelli Square, Fishman Wharf, Pier 39, Coit Tower, China Town and then all the way up (and back down) the windiest street in the world—Lombard Street and back to the motel in one day. I am not counting how many steps that is but way too many! We also drove over to the Cliff House to see Markie’s favorite attraction, Camera Obscura which is credited to Leonardo da Vinci. It is probably the first type of camera ever invented and maybe could be thought of as the first moving picture camera. It sits on the ocean edge. This building has a mirror and concave and convex lens projecting the outside images into the building. The apparatus in the ceiling rotates so the image on a slice of a large hemisphere shows the world outside inside the building. The Giant Camera, as it is called www.GiantCamera.com , is the largest free standing Camera Obscura in the US. It wasn’t opened so we had to return the next day. It is something everyone should see. Next we went to Oakland to deliver a Termesphere called ORGANIZED INTUITION. This is about a 30” diameter polyhedron. It is officially called a rhombic triacontrahedron. It has 30 diamond shaped sides. This will now have a great home with Michael Branco in Oakland.
Then to TucsonThe next day it was time to head back to Tucson to spend some time with my brother Joe and his wife Lacy. What an amazing place they live in! We had a wonderful time there.
Back to PeoriaThen back to the Phoenix. Scott Bohall had gotten us tickets to watch the Phoenix Cardinals play the Carolina Panthers and to go to the tailgate party first. It was great and the Cardinals won! That evening we picked up the show.
Christmas open House – Dec 3rd and 4thWe are excited about our open house this year. We will be open 9:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. If you can't make those days and you want a unique gift, we will be open every day until December 23rd. We have lots of new things this year with a supply of Solar/Termespheres and a new 540 piece spherical puzzle Termesphere that actually ends up in the form of a sphere. We will have coffee , cookies and other goodies waiting for you. Also, there are about 60 major spheres to choose from with 10% off. The Mova/Termespheres will not be part of the 10% off.
The Mova/Termespheres are finally here!
How Does it Work?My Termesphere floats inside a transparent sphere. Within my sphere is a solar cell which picks up light and powers a motor that keeps the inside sphere spinning. Having it float in a liquid makes it easier for the motor to turn the sphere. The motor pushes off of the magnetic field of the Earth much like a compass. I received 60 of these spheres in the first shipment, 30 of the PANTHEON and 30 of the FISH EYE VIEW. Over the last couple of years I have had a prototype of the PANTHEON in the Gallery. The people who signed up in the gallery to be notified when they arrived were given the first chance at owning one. But as of last Friday, the Mova/Termespheres are available to everyone. As you can tell, I am very excited about this mixture of the Termesphere and the Mova Globe solar motion. It is very cool and people seem to really love them.
Califonia Art Teachers Association ConventionI went to the Califonia Art Teachers Association Convention November 4th and 5th. They asked me to be one of the keynote speakers at their state conference in Bakersfield. This was very exciting to project my videos onto their 20 foot screens and talk about my work and where it comes from. I also gave a three hours Masters class on One through Six Point Perspective for some of the teachers. It was fun to see how teachers related to my work. It went over very well.
eBook called Geometry in Art by Hilton Andrade de MelloI wanted you to see this. It is really a very good book and he has a lot on the Termesphere in the book which I like, of course. This is a free download which is even better.
TrademarkAfter 43 year of painting Termespheres I now own the trademark on Termespheres. You wouldn't think that would have to be so hard but it took forever for this to take place.
Puzzleball SphereRavensburger, a German puzzle company-one of the oldest in the world, has produced a very neat 540 piece spherical puzzle of my sphere CUBICAL UNIVERSE. It is a plastic hollow sphere that fits together amazingly well.
Five Dimensional RoomsIs my newest 12" piece. It grew from an interesting polyhedron study of the dodecahedron. When you cut across one of the twelve pentagons with a straight line and continue that system around the polyhedron from polygon to polygon you can get a cube to appear. If you do that same system with all the sides to the pentagons you will end up with five cubes arranged around the sphere. I thought of myself inside each of these cubes, as if they were cubical rooms. But each room is at a different angle so this becomes a 30 point perspective Termesphere. The cubical rooms are color coded so you can keep track of where you are. I let a part of each cubical room be dominant for a certain period of time. Each of these five rooms have their own six point perspective. Objects like canes and boxes show up in some of the rooms which are different colors. They come from the rooms which fit their colors and their perspective fits with those rooms.
Carnegie Art Center SphereMy latest commission is of the interior of the Carnegie Art Center in Alliance Nebraska. This is the drawing stage of a 24" diameter sphere showing the total environment inside the center. Many of the people who have worked hard to put this Art Center together are shown throughout the painting putting up an art show or doing other activities. The paintings being put up are all scenes of Alliance. So you are seeing inside what is outside the Art Center. This sphere will hang in the spot it is hanging in the gallery.
On MAY 28 from 9 TO 4 Everyone is invited out to the Termesphere Gallery to see the new 540 piece Termesphere Puzzleball and to check out the limited edition signed and numbered Mova/Termespheres not to mention new Termespheres, tshirts, crystals, books, finger puppets, DVDs etc. It will be fun to talk to you and show you my new work. We are looking forward to having the gallery open from 9 to 5 everyday all summer.
Two signed and numbered Mova/Termespheres limited editions have finally come into reality. It has taken a good three years but at last two limited edition Termespheres, the PANTHEON and FISH EYE VIEW are now in my gallery. Turtle Tech Design is an international company that invented the solar motion sphere, Mova, which is a sphere floating within a transparent sphere with a solar cell to provide power for the motor. http://termespheres.com/mova is a video of these 4.5 inch Mova/Termespheres in motion. A third one called FROM THE EARTH sphere will be coming in two or three months. The motion is powered by solar energy so no batteries or gasoline is needed. The Mova/Termesphere gives me a wonderful new magical motion and a great optical illusion as well as a totally new way to reproduce my work that allows it to be in full color.
Another new, very exciting addition to the Gallery is the Termesphere Puzzleball. The Termesphere, CUBICAL UNIVERSE, was used to make a jigsaw three dimensional puzzle. One of the oldest puzzle companies in the world, Ravensburger Puzzle Company from Germany contacted me a couple of years ago to see if we could work together on producing a 540 piece 8.5 inch diameter spherical puzzle of one of my Termespheres. A 16” Termesphere, CUBICAL UNIVERSE was created especially for this Puzzelball. It was inspired by a spherical painting of mine that now is owned by the Math Department at West Point Military Academy. The result is a spherical puzzle that fits together beautifully and is mounted on a stand with a mirror under it. The 540 pieces are all slightly convex which makes it form a smooth sphere. Check it out here. There are numbers on the back of the pieces for those who have trouble with puzzles.
The latest Termesphere is called LIFE’S UPS AND DOWNS. It is a 16” diameter sphere which played off of a 15th century stairway in India that helped people get to a source of water far below. These stairways interested me because they didn’t just go straight up but rather up and out with each new set. If you look at the image of this sphere you will see that. As you go up to the next level you gain more and more stairs. It was a great challenge to my perspective system. In my painting, humans who are working their way up, find evil monsters under many of the stairways. They have to get by these evil creatures or confront them. Sometimes they have to go sideways or even back down the stairs to find the proper way to continue their life’s progress. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1VruV5nL1o THE SMITH RANCH SPHERE, commissioned by Jeanette and Nels Smith, is now hanging in a stairwell in their new home on Sand Creek near Beulah Wyoming. It has a wonderful home. Each new commission I do, I learn a lot about a new subject. I learned a lot about ranch life and landscape doing the Smith Ranch south of Sundance Wyoming. I learned a great deal of the history of that area too.
I have been very busy with shows and lecture/workshops: This March I had a wonderful experience in Lander Wyoming doing a week long residency. I had a twenty-four piece show in the Lander Library along with a lecture to explain my work. The Lander School system had me work with their student for five days. I did my workshops on perspective, drawing and three dimensional geometries. I also did a three hour workshop on 1-6 point perspective at the Art Center. They brought in the Hands-On show I put together for the Discovery Center in Pierre for young students called UP DOWN AND ALL AROUND. This was displayed in the Lander Children’s Museum. It had never traveled outside of South Dakota before. This hands-on display can be seen on youtube. Six students studying Math/Art and three faculty members from Marshall University in Huntington West Virginia came to my gallery for a four day of workshop in April. I used the gallery as a classroom. It was a great environment to teach in with my examples hanging everywhere. It sounds like another group will be coming back next year.
I have a one man show coming up in Rapid City South Dakota at the Heron’s Flight Studio Gallery June 1 through the 30th . The Rapid City Library will have a 12 piece show of Termespheres from June 1st through June 30th. The Grace Balloch Memorial Library in Spearfish South Dakota has an eight spheres show from May 15 through June 15th. I will be doing a video lecture on my work at the Library on May 26th at 5:30. I am also doing a workshop with the Kids Club Kids on June 10th from 9 to 12. Libraries have been my latest venue for shows, lectures and workshops. They seem to be a perfect place for people to look while reading their book. They don’t have wall space but they do have ceiling space which is what I need. I have a lecture at 2011 MATHFEST, The Annual Summer Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America in Lexington Kentucky inAugust. While I am there, I will be doing workshops at the LIVING Arts and Science Center of Lexington. I also have been asked to be a KEYNOTE SPEAKER at the California Art Teachers Association in Bakersfield California in November. This should be very fun.
It's a Summer-is-Here! Event
May 28th, 2011 9:00am - 4:00pm
Summer has been a long time getting here this year. After all, it is not often that we find ourselves shoveling snow on May 17th. Summer will come though and it will be warmly welcomed. To celebrate the arrival of our elusive sun shiny friend the Termesphere Gallery will be opening the Here Comes the Sun Summer Fest doors on May 28th from 9:00am - 4:00pm. We hope everyone can come on out to see the exciting new Termesphere products that have been created over the long, chilly winter.
MOVA/TERMESPHERSThe first is a long awaited breakthrough. We can finally offer two different signed and numbered Mova/Termespheres limited editions. the PANTHEON and FISH EYE VIEW are now in my gallery. Turtle Tech Design is an international company that invented the solar motion sphere...
TERMESPHERE PUZZLEThe second is a Ravensburger Termesphere 540 piece,spherical jigsaw puzzle. German based Ravenburger is the oldest puzzle company in the world and the puzzle is an incredibly accurate replication of the Termesphere, CUBICAL UNIVERSE.
SUMMER GALLERY HOURS ARE
9:00am to 4:00pm - 7 days a week
Come out this weekend to get a sneak peek, visit with artist Dick Termes and his puppeteer wife, Markie Scholz and the Gallery summer staff at our Here Comes the Sun Summer Fest.
The latest Termesphere is called LIFE'S UPS AND DOWNS.It is a 16" diameter sphere which played off of a 15th century stairway in India that helped people get to a source of water far below. These stairways interested me because they didn't just go straight up but rather up and out with each new set. If you look at the image of... [read more]
Shows and Lectures
I have been very busy with shows and lecture/workshops:This March I had a wonderful experience in Lander Wyoming doing a week long residency. I had a twenty-four piece show in the Lander Library along with a lecture to explain my work. The Lander School system had me work with their student for five days. I did my workshops on perspective, drawing and three dimensional... [read more]
Future Shows and LecturesI have a one man show coming up in Rapid City South Dakota at the Heron's Flight Studio Gallery June 1 through the 30th . The Rapid City Library will have a 12 piece show of Termespheres from June 1st through June 30th. The Grace Balloch Memorial Library in Spearfish South Dakota has an eight spheres show from May 15 through June 15th. I will be doing a video lecture on my work at the Library on May 26th at 5:30. I am also doing a... [read more]
We are excited about our open house this year. We will be open 9 to 4 on Saturday and Sunday. If you can't make those days and you want a unique gift, we will be open every day until December 23rd. We have lots of new things this year with a supply of Solar/Termespheres and a new 540 piece spherical puzzle Termesphere that actually ends up in the form of a sphere. We will have coffee , cookies and other goodies waiting for you. Also, there are about 60 major spheres to choose from with 10% off. The Mova/Termespheres will not be part of the 10% off.